The operation minutely crafted by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and a handful of officers ensured that India woke up to a high profile deportation in which the key accused in the AgustaWestland case Rajiv Saxena and prominent aviation lobbyist of UPA’s era Deepak Talwar were brought to India from UAE on a special plane.
Top government sources told India Today TV that the operation started months ago and the first process was taken by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
ED had started the process of cancelling Rajiv Saxena and Deepak Talwar’s passports much earlier, something the Indian government managed to complete on Wednesday.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) then informed authorities in UAE that the duo’s passports were cancelled by the Indian government. Even the UAE government had refused to give Saxena and Talwar permanent residency status, making the job easy for the Indian government.
For the past few weeks, government authorities were in talks about expediting and easing the process of deportation. The Indian Government and agencies were also aware that the extradition was a long process that could take years.
Soon after their passports were cancelled, two teams of UAE authorities picked both of them up from their residences around 9:30 am UAE time and deported them to India around 5:30pm UAE time on a special plane arranged by Indian authorities.
The operation was being monitored by the NSA. Apart from Doval, only a select few officers were kept in the loop which included ED director Sanjay Kumar Mishra.